A new coming-of-age comedy has just been given a series order, with “American Pie” writer Adam Herz behind the project. CBS Corp.’s Pop TV announced an eight-episode order for “Best Intentions,” which will go into production this fall.
The show is being produced by A+E Studios and Propagate Content.
“‘Best Intentions’ revolves around Andy Banks, played by David Fynn (‘Undateable’), a kind-hearted but painfully awkward single father who is the guidance counselor at the high school his teenage son Nate, played by Daniel Rashid (‘Being Frank’), currently attends,” Pop TV says in today’s announcement. “Lindsey Gort (‘The Carrie Diaries’) plays Katie Baxter, a teacher with whom Andy is smitten; his never-ending hapless efforts to woo her drag Katie headfirst into her own personal misadventures.”
Guest starring in the series premiere are Natalie Ganzhorn (“Scary Stories to Tell in The Dark”) as the new girl in school, Haylee, and Benjamin Ayres (“Saving Hope”) as the high school’s principal, Jack Mayhan. Sarah Levy (“Schitt’s Creek”) also guest stars in the series premiere as the high school’s vice principal, Becky Fistick.
“Adam Herz made one of the definitive comedy franchises of the 1990s and 2000s with ‘American Pie,’ and ‘Best Intentions’ brings together the perfect cast to deliver more of his audacious sense of humor, which is grounded with loads of heart,” said Justin Rosenblatt, executive VP of original programming for Pop. “With a mix of character and premise-driven comedy, this parallel father-son coming-of-age story feels like a timeless classic that fits perfectly with our current slate.”
“Best Intentions” is created by Herz, who also serves as executive producer and writer. Executive producers are Barry Jossen of A+E Studios and Ben Silverman, Howard T. Owens and Jay Weisleder of Propagate Content. Steve Pink (“Hot Tub Time Machine”) directs the pilot.